UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5636 Assessment and Measurement

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts of assessment and measurement necessary for systematically investigating developmental continua, designing and constructing assessments, using information from assessments, and evaluating the quality of assessments. By introducing the concept of quantity, the unit builds up to a definition of measurement which is standard for any phenomenon—physical, biological or cognitive. It also discusses the use and construction of measuring instruments. The unit is concerned with measurement as a process in which assessments are deliberately constructed to measure particular abilities, data are generated and inferences drawn. The unit builds towards a framework within which to understand fundamental principles and features of the process of educational assessment and measurement. As basic principles are explained, actual examples are referred to in order to make the principles and their importance tangible. The materials are structured so that students develop an understanding of all key facets of the process of assessment and measurement before focusing on a particular area.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental concepts of assessment and measurement theory; (2) use understandings of measurement theory to investigate developmental continua; (3) design and construct assessments; and (4) apply software to analyse assessment data.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: a major project in which each student focuses on aspects of the process of assessment and measurement of greatest relevance to work, or of greatest personal interest as a research topic. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Stephen Humphry
Contact hours lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5636/SEM-1/2017
TS-A-3C : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5636/TS-A-3C/2017

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